It was an early start. Sophie had to be at her desk for 6:30 a.m, in London's Canary Wharf.
JP Morgan's London headquarters is this 31-storey tower on Bank Street. The bank bought the tower in 2010 — it had previously belonged to Lehman Brothers.
Sophie worked in global equity sales. She was there for 10 weeks in the summer of 2015, having completed other internship periods at the bank already. The desk essentially sells shares from around the world to largely UK-based clients.
This was the set-up at Sophie's desk, with one of the thousands of Bloomberg terminals in the building.
The equities sales desks were largely all there before we arrived at 6:30 a.m. The first job for Sophie was to bring together content for the morning email to about 1,000 clients.For regulatory reasons, that email isn't sent directly by interns, and all correspondence goes to a permanent analyst on the desk first.
At 7 a.m. analysts brief salespeople in the European equities morning meeting, before markets open.There are both analysts in the room presenting, and calling in from other cities round the world to give briefings.Once each individual presentation is done, there's a round of quick-fire questions from the floor.
It's an extremely international office.And people are able to customise their desks as they see fit — with this chair, for example.
The morning email goes out at 8 a.m. For the rest of the day, Sophie had meetings with other analysts and JP Morgan clients.After the email was sent, there was a smaller analyst meeting with the immediate members of Sophie's team.
As markets open in Europe the whole equities floor gets a little louder. By 8:30 or 9 a.m, it felt like a lot later in the day than it actually is.
The JP Morgan canteen is pretty sizeable, with a big range of food on offer, including a sushi station.It's a busy place, and there's no shortage of places to refuel within the building itself. When we went it was taco Tuesday, which is apparently particularly popular.
Later in the day we sat down with Tim, Vice President in Global Cash Equity Sales (and Sophie's boss) who went through some of the details of the internship programme with us.
Most interns on the annual programme are hired by the bank to work permanently. "We have an incentive to train them as completely as possible, so there's essentially no difference between an intern at the end of their time here and a first year analyst," he said.
One of the misconceptions about the interns is that you have to have a financial education. Tim told us: "Of course some people will start out with an academic advantage over others, but within three or four weeks that gap gets closed pretty dramatically."
Tim said the ability to self-start was crucial for successful interns: "At university you have this very structured life with particular weekly obligations. Once you start working, you can't spell out exactly what you'll do from Monday to Friday."